Student's Guide to Internet Security & Safety
By Anna Bauman
The Internet has revolutionized the way human beings interact with the world. At the click of a mouse, anybody can access a worldwide library of information, entertainment, and social media! The Internet makes it easy for people to express themselves and network with like-minded individuals. While the Internet offers a fascinating way to connect to the world around us, it also presents new dangers.
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In order to prevent potentially serious security issues, students should know how to protect sensitive information when working online.
Children and teens need to know about the reality of these dangers to avoid becoming a target. In fact, a large percentage of Internet predators target children. Identity theft, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, hacking, and predators are all things that children and teens need to worry about. As a result, many parents, teachers, and government agencies have made efforts to educate children about the dangers of the Internet. While this may help, children need to learn how to recognize the warning signs of these dangers to prevent themselves from getting victimized. It also helps to learn coping strategies to overcome the effects of victimization once it does happen.
By taking a proactive approach, parents and educators can help children avoid some of the common dangers associated with Internet misuse. These security tips and online safety guides are an excellent resource for students of all ages.
- Cyberbullying - The NetSmartz Workshop addresses cyberbullying, an aggressive form of bullying using Internet applications and technologies.
- Safe Online Surfing - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provides several interactive games that teach children the dangers of the Internet.
- An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet - This kid-friendly, interactive guide to staying safe on the Internet addresses common pitfalls, including cyberbullying, identity theft, computer viruses, and other related dangers.
- Heads Up - The Federal Trade Commission's video is a great for summarizing all of the reasons to be careful online.
- Safety Tips for GPS Location-Sharing (PDF) - You should follow these safety tips when using GPS location-sharing software.
- Prevent Cyberbullying - Parents and kids can prevent cyberbullying from happening to them if they follow these important rules.
- Cyberbullying. Stand Up To It - Microsoft explains a new form of bullying that goes beyond the playground.
- Internet Safety Tips for Kids - This is a great list of helpful tips and ideas to keep in mind when browsing online.
- Child Identity Theft Education Kit (PDF) - Thieves can steal your identity online and start buying things with your or your parents money.
- Cybersecurity for Kids - Here is another really good list of tips and tricks for staying safe.
- Child Safety Online - Parents and children can follow the guidelines, discussion points, and tips for keeping safe online.
- Stop. Think. Connect. - OnGuard teaches kids about Internet safety and security, including ways to share and interact with others over the Internet without risk.
- Keep it Tame Mobile Respect Game - Follow these steps to stay respectful online and stop things from getting nasty!
- Top 10 Tips for Mobile Phone Safety - These are some great tips for staying safe when using your phone.
- Constant Messaging: What is It? - When somebody sends unwanted text messages repeatedly to another person, it becomes classified as harassment or cyberbullying.
- Kids and Computer Security - Kids can learn the basics of computer security, including the risks associated with peer2peer file sharing, phishing, and apps.
- Carnegie Cyber Academy: Training Missions - Become a cadet and learn the secrets to Internet security and safety.
- ChatDanger - ChatDanger teaches students how to keep safe while chatting online using mobile devices, messenger clients, e-mail services, and games.
- Safe Searching - KidSMART shows kids how to search the Internet safely without running into inappropriate content.
- General Information About Cyber Bullying - The NY Division of Criminal Justice Services defines cyberbullying and identifies its common forms. It also shares important warning signs and ways to cope with tactics if bullies persist.
- Safety Land - Defend Safety Land against a nasty character that keeps terrorizing kids with unwanted messages and e-mails.
- The Big Help - Learn about the steps and ways to avoid bullying, cyber or otherwise.
- Social Networking - Childline explains ways for children to remain safe while on social networking websites, such as Facebook, MySpace, Google Plus, and Twitter.
- 5 Rules for Staying Safe on the Internet - Popular Mechanics shares five general rules for staying safe on the Internet and warns against phishing, malware, data theft, and privacy invasion.
- Teen Internet Safety WebQuest - Students must come together to increase responsible use over the Internet before their parents ban it altogether.
- Net Safety: Be Advertised Before You Socialize! - Students will learn about the dangers of social networking, including prevention methods for avoiding predators.
- Be Web Wise and Safe Online! (PDF) - Students must convince their parents, teachers, and other faculty members that the Internet plays an important role in learning. If the students fail to convince their parents about the advantages of the Internet, it could effectively ban its use permanently.
- Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright - A lot of people assume that if it's online, it's free. Protect yourself by observing and respecting copyright. Don't partake in piracy or file-sharing!
- Cyber Security: Spam, Scams, Frauds and Identity Theft - Learn about spam, phishing, identity theft, and other financial-related scams that take place through the Internet.
- Webonauts Internet Academy - PBS Kids empowers kids to take control over their web interactions.
- Internet Safety - KidsHealth addresses the important issues surrounding Internet safety, including Internet safety laws, online protection tools, warning signs, and more.
- Facebook: Playing it Safe for Teens - If you use social networking sites like Facebook – take their advice, keep it safe, and report to them if something looks suspicious!
- BrainPOP Jr.: Internet Security - Watch this video to learn more about Internet security.
- The Walt Disney Company: Internet Security - Read over these guidelines and rules to learn more about Internet security.
- What is a Computer Virus? - A lot of parents and adults talk about "viruses", "trojans", or "malware" and this resource discusses what those things are.
- Internet Safety Information - This is a fact sheet that covers important safety information for children who frequently use the Internet on their computers and mobile devices.
- Talking to Kids and Teens About Social Media and Sexting - Social media and sexting has increased among teenagers. Unfortunately, many predators use social media outlets to choose their targets.
- Safety on the Internet - The Palo Alto Medical Foundation shares important facts about Internet security and safety.
- Phishing Scams - Avoid getting baited into phishing scams when playing this game.
- Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge - Uncover important Internet security tips under numbers 1 to 10, and then take the post-quiz for an evaluation.
- Kids' Zone: Internet Safety - The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) covers the basics of Internet security for children to understand.
- Internet Safety For Kids - Follow these tips to keep yourself safe when surfing the Internet.
- Cyber Five: Internet Safety - Play this animated game to learn more about Internet safety basics.
- Predator Tip Sheet (PDF) - Learn how to avoid Internet predators with this tip sheet.
- Keeping Kids Safe Online - This resource from Scholastic has some tips for parents for keeping kids safe online.
- Social Networking Sites: A Predator's Playground? (PDF) - Learn how social networking websites can be a very dangerous playground with predators looking for their victims.
- Who's Chatting to Your Kids? (PDF) - Beware of predators chatting with your kids. Kids should also beware of predators lurking on social networking websites, instant messaging clients, forums, and online chatrooms.
- COPPA: Children's Online Privacy Protection Act - The Federal Trade Commission has placed restrictions on websites collecting data on children under the age of thirteen.
- 11 Facts About Cyber Bullying - Learn about cyberbullying by reading these eleven facts.
- Dealing with Cyberbullying: Tips for Kids and Parents to Prevent and Stop Cyberbullying - Parents and their children can use these tips for prevention.
- Cyberbullying Word Scramble: Talking to the Youth About Internet Harassment (PDF) - Unscramble the words to test your knowledge about cyberbullying.
- How to Protect Your Child From Online Bullies - CNN offers some tips and suggestions for protecting children from the harassment of their peers.
- Text Bullying - ABC News explains a new problem happening in schools that involve bullying over text messages, which actually hurts students more than face-to-face bullying on the playground.
- Electronic Aggression - The Center for Disease Control recognizes technology as being a mode of communication used for bullying.
- How Can You Protect Yourself From Cyberbullying? - For girls everywhere, cyberbullying can really hurt your self-esteem. This article talks about the types of cyberbullying and how to avoid them.
- Top Tips for Avoiding Cyberbullying - You can be active in avoiding cyberbullying, and can take steps towards dealing with it positively.
- Dealing with Cyberbullying - Make a Difference for Kids shares coping strategies that children can use to overcome the effects of cyberbullying.
- Don't Be Cyberbullied ... Delete The Digital Drama - Read over this guide to stomp out bullying.
- Cyber-Bullying and its Effect on our Youth - Read over this article to learn more about the effects of cyberbullying on our youth.
- What Would You Do? - This is a great way to test your knowledge! Take this online safety quiz to wrap up all of what you've learned so far.